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Admissions Policies & Requirements

Graduate Admission Status

A student may be admitted to the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University for graduate study in one of the following categories below. Students seeking an F-1 Student Visa must pursue full-time study to maintain their status and may not be eligible for certain certificate programs or admit types.

1. A Standard Admit is a student who has submitted all required documentation and meets all eligibility requirements for his or her degree program.

2. A Limited Admit is a student who plans to apply for matriculation but does not meet all academic requirements or has not submitted all required credentials. A limited matriculant must submit any missing application credentials by the end of the first semester he or she is enrolled. Any student accepted as a Limited Matriculant because of academic deficiencies must satisfy all conditions outlined in the acceptance letter to be considered for full matriculation. If the conditions of limited matriculation are not satisfied, the student may be permanently reclassified as a Non-Matriculant. Once all deficiencies are removed, the student must submit a written request to be re-classified as a full matriculant to the International Admissions Office.

3. A Non-Degree Admit is a student who has a bachelor’s degree but is not a candidate for a graduate degree and is taking a limited number of courses for certification, professional advancement or personal enrichment. Any Non-Matriculated student who wishes to be considered for a degree program must apply for a change of status and satisfy all admission eligibility requirements for his or her area of interest. Certain graduate programs do not allow visiting students. Please note that students seeking an F-1 visa will not be allowed to apply for these programs, as they are not full-time, degree granting programs. Please consult with the International Admissions Office for further information at 516-299-2637 or via e-mail at international@cwpost.liu.edu

Admission to Classes

Admission to graduate classes does not imply that a student has been accepted as a degree candidate. In order for a student to be accepted as a degree candidate, he/she must satisfy all graduate program entrance requirements and must be granted full matriculation status.

Visiting Students

A graduate student who is in good standing at another college or university may register for C.W. Post Campus courses by filing an “Application for Graduate Personal Enrichment/Visiting Students” as a visiting student. Certain graduate programs do not allow visiting students. Please note that students seeking an F-1 visa will not be allowed to apply for these programs, as they are not full-time, degree granting programs. Please see the Visiting Students Web site or contact the International Admissions Office at 516-299-2637 or e-mail: international@cwpost.liu.edu

Readmission

If a student is out of attendance and has not registered his or her Maintenance of Matriculation status (see Academic Policies) or has not been granted a Leave of Absence, he or she must apply for readmission to the International Admissions Office as follows:

  • Students out of attendance for fewer than five years, must complete a Request for Readmission Graduate form. This form must be approved and signed by the appropriate academic department. If readmission is approved, students return subject to the academic requirements posted in the Graduate Bulletin in effect at the time of readmission.
  • Students out of attendance for more than five years must submit a new application and all supporting credentials.

Deferring Admission

Once accepted to graduate studies at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, you can defer admission for a maximum of one year. You must make a written request to the International Admissions Office and receive the approval of your graduate advisor within the first two weeks of your admit term. If approved, you must complete the Admitted Student Response Form and pay the tuition deposit to hold your place at C.W. Post.

In order to qualify for a deferral, students must:

  • Be admitted
  • Not have already attended a class/course for semester admitted
  • Indicate in writing that they wish to enroll for a future semester

Students who wish to “defer” are not intending to enroll in courses at any other college or university. Deferred students will be moved to a future semester without re-evaluation of their academic record.

Please note: Students on F-1 visas who fail to arrive on campus and fail to notify the International Admissions Office at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University within the first two weeks of their admit term will have their admissions automatically withdrawn and have their Form I-20 cancelled in the United States government’s SEVIS system.

Notification of Admission Decision

Most programs use a rolling admission process and evaluate applications as soon as they are complete. Once your application and all supporting materials are submitted to the C.W. Post International Admissions Office, the International Admissions Office and academic department for your degree program will review your application and credentials. Application deadlines vary for each academic program. Some programs require an interview with an admission committee.

The C.W. Post International Admissions Office will notify you electronically if your application is incomplete. The invitation to interview, if applicable, will come from the academic department. Once a decision is rendered, the C.W. Post International Admissions Office will notify you by e-mail; you may request a formal letter be mailed to your home as well. For students seeking an F-1 visa, your official admissions letter will be mailed once the $200 tuition deposit and complete Form I-20 application are received.

Once accepted you must reserve a place in the entering class by completing the Tuition Deposit Agreement and mailing the signed Admitted Student Response Form along with your non-refundable tuition deposit. Most programs require $200; Doctoral programs require a $500 tuition deposit. The deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition and is not an additional fee.

Offers of admission are valid for the semester stated in the admission letter. Anyone wishing to postpone enrolling in graduate school must notify the International Admissions Office, in writing, of this intent. Please see Deferring Admission for more information.